Welcome to the 2020 STAR Sensory Symposium

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Due to developments related to COVID-19 and taking into account the safety of attendees, this year's STAR Sensory Symposium will be a live-streamed event. Please see our agenda to see programming changes.

Join us as we look at the underlying connections between challenging behaviors, sensory processing, regulation, and relationship. At this year’s Symposium, we explore current, evidence-based, best practice supports for challenging behaviors. Our dynamic group of speakers will provide a multi-dimensional view of behaviors and these connections that will radically transform clinical practice and provide tools for advocacy and support for the parent and self-advocate. These representatives of different disciplines each bring a unique clinical or research perspective to understanding the intricate processes that lie beyond the surface of behaviors. Viewing challenging behaviors as actual communication of these underlying processes serves to build relationships, function, and enables holistic and individualized supports.

This symposium is designed for clinicians, researchers and professionals working with neuro-diverse populations, including: occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, educators, child development specialists and mental health professionals. We also welcome parents, caregivers and careers, as well as individuals with disordered sensory processing.

This year, we are excited to offer our NEW Premium and Deluxe packages, geared towards those who need AOTA CEUs and those who do not. As the leading international experts in sensory processing, we believe building strong connections and networking to be a key factor for those in our community. These packages are focused on the engagement, collaboration and involvement of those attending including the pre-symposium workshops, networking lunch and reception to encourage the success of transforming challenging behaviors and lives.

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2020 Symposium Speakers

Mona Delahooke

Mona Delahooke, PhD
Profectum Foundation

Greg Hickok

Greg Hickok, PhD
University of California, Irvine

Kim Clairy

Kim Clairy, MOT, OTR/L
Autism Advocate & Speaker

Gustavo Reinoso

Gustavo Reinoso, PhD, OTR/L
Nova Southeastern University

2020 Workshop Speakers

Lisa Porter

Lisa Porter, PhD, OTD, OTR/L
Sensory KIDS, LLC



Kathleen Schlenz, ABD, OTR/L
Salem State University


Carol Kranowitz

Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA


Elizabeth Marsh

Elizabeth Dinn Marsh, OTR, MS, MOT
Pediatric Therapy Specialists, LLC

Carrie Einck

Carrie Einck, MS, OTR/L
Aspire Therapy and Developmental Services

Holly Greenston

Holly Greenston, M.Ed., CAGS


Rachel Schneider

Rachel Schneider, M.A., MHC


2020 Agenda

All start times are Mountain Time. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | Pre-Conference

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Parent Workshop

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM | Professional Workshop Q&A

Thursday, October 8, 2020 | Pre-Conference

9:00AM - 12:00PM | Parent Workshop

9:00AM - 12:30PM | Professional Workshop

Friday, October 9, 2020 | Symposium

9:00 AM-9:15 AM | Welcome and Announcements

9:15 AM-10:15 AM | Behind the Scenes of Autism - Kim Clairy, MOT, OTR/L

Kim Clairy, an Autistic occupational therapist with significant sensory processing challenges will present intimate details of her own life. With the help her husband, William (a mystery writer),  Kim will explore and explain the “why” behind behaviors often seen in individuals with Autism and related disorders. Attendees will have ample opportunity to ask questions while also learning strategies to help those of all ages cope with the challenges that ASD individuals, and those that love them, can experience.

10:15 AM-10:35 AM | Break

10:35 AM-11:35 AM | Behind the Scenes of Autism (Cont.) - Kim Clairy, MOT, OTR/L

11:35 AM-11:50 AM | Q & A Session

11:50 AM-1:00 PM  | Lunch Break; “Hot Topics” Networking Lunch Discussion (Ticketed event)

1:00 PM-2:00 PM | The Myth of Mirror Neurons - Gregory Hickok, PhD

Mirror neurons have been touted as the basis for everything from action understanding and language to empathy and autism. Yet the evidence unambiguously refutes all of these claims. Dr. Hickok will discuss the origins of mirror neuron theory, how researchers made a wrong theoretical turn from the start, and where mirror neurons fit in a more balanced perspective on the neural basis of communication and cognition.

2:00 PM-2:20 PM | Break

2:20 PM-3:20 PM | The Myth of Mirror Neurons (Cont.) - Gregory Hickok, PhD

3:20 PM-3:35 PM | Q & A Session

3:35 PM-4:45 PM | Expert Panel; Q & A

5:00 PM-6:00 PM | Evening Reception for Faculty and STAR Mentees (by invitation)

Saturday, October 10, 2020 | Symposium

9:00 AM-9:15 AM | Welcome and Announcements

9:15 AM-10:15 AM | Measuring the Sensory Integration and Processing Construct: Looking Beyond the Problems - Gustavo Reinoso, PhD, OTR/L

Despite having valid and reliable assessments, sensory integration and processing continues to be a difficult and often elusive construct to measure. The results of testing, clinical observations, and proxy measures often circle around concepts of deficits that evolved out of classic testing theory, rarely highlighting strength related profiles. The following presentation revises common measurement difficulties in our available assessment tools and invites clinicians to consider alternative paradigms. These alternative paradigms capitalize on different ways of measuring skills while capturing profiles of strengths along constructs such as curiosity, sense of agency, motivation, and perseverance, among others.

10:15 AM-10:35 AM | Break

10:35 AM-11:35 AM | Measuring the Sensory Integration and Processing Construct: Looking Beyond the Problems (Cont.) - Gustavo Reinoso, PhD, OTR/L

11:35 AM-11:50 AM | Q & A Session

11:50 AM-1:00 PM | Lunch Break; “Conversations with Sarah Schoen”

1:00 PM-2:00 PM | Beyond Behaviors: Understanding how the Autonomic Nervous System sets the groundwork for Emotional and Behavioral Control - Mona Delahooke, PhD

This presentation will introduce a new approach to solving children’s behavioral challenges, focusing on building a child’s foundation for emotional and behavioral control and moving beyond paradigms that focus on compliance and surface behaviors. Dr. Delahooke will describe behaviors as the tip of the iceberg; important signals that we should address by seeking to understand a child’s autonomic cues under the overarching context of relational safety.

2:00 PM-2:15 PM | Q & A Session

2:15 PM-2:35 PM | Break

2:35 PM-3:45 PM | Expert Panel; Q & A

3:45 PM-4:00 PM | Closing Comments


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Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite you to showcase your company by participating as a sponsor of these unique events! Apply to become a sponsor of the 2-Day Symposium on October 9-10, 2020, Pre-Symposium Professional Workshop on October 8, and/or the Pre-Symposium Parent Workshop October 7-8, 2020.

Symposium Sponsorship Opportunities

Our sponsorship packages are designed to allow you to select the benefits that will offer you the greatest return on investment.

Why should I become a sponsor?

  • Provides exposure and raises awareness about your products/services to a highly targeted audience
  • Connects you with professionals, researchers, parents and students who are eager to experience leading-edge tools and resources for SPD
  • Acknowledgement through an array of marketing tools, including our highly trafficked website, targeted email campaigns, and social media posts

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Pre-Symposium Parent Workshop Sponsorship Opportunities

Parent Workshop sponsors directly help local families in need by connecting them with other parents, providers, and resources they so desperately need. Each sponsorship covers tuition for low-income parents/caregivers to attend the live-streamed workshop and have access to the recorded lectures and discussions.

Why should I become an Sponsor?

  • Costs are affordable and each sponsor level offers a way to gain interest of attendees
  • Expand your customer base, gain exposure for your organization and increase brand recognition
  • Increase visibility and exposure for your products and services to our highly targeted audience of parents and caregivers of children living with SPD and related conditions

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